"You grow up in a small town. You finally graduate high school and start your life and a couple years later something happens. You see the people you grew up with from time to time; you sometimes run into them when you’re back in town. Your best friend in middle school doesn’t smile in her pictures on facebook anymore and you think that’s strange because the reason you loved her was because of how happy she always was. The boy on the football team that was always nice to you in economics killed himself last week, they just found his body up on the back road you learned to drive on before you had your license. You imagine what he looked like before he pulled the trigger and what he looked like when he was found. They’re having a memorial on Saturday. The whole town will be there.
You find out that your favorite teacher just retired, and juniors have to take two standardized tests to graduate now instead of just one. Girls you gossiped with at sleepovers are married to the boys you gossiped about. You see your ex at the grocery store and she’s changed. She’s got a new tattoo up her arm where you remember kissing her scars. She looks different, her eyes have even changed somehow, but your stomach still aches when you see her. She doesn’t see you. You leave before she does. You grew up in a small town that gets smaller as you get older, and looking back, somehow it was never this sad when you lived it."